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Nashua man charged in Thanksgiving night fracas

By DEAN SHALHOUP
Staff Writer

NASHUA – Police trying to pinpoint the source of an open 911 call in the area of 175 W. Hollis St. late Thanksgiving night said they were searching on foot when they suddenly heard noise and hollering coming from a home down the street.

The officers, according to police prosecutor Donald Topham, tracked the commotion to an apartment at 171A W. Hollis St., where they found a resident, 44-year-old Michael Fronek, walking barefoot among what appeared to be pieces of broken household items. ...

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NASHUA – Police trying to pinpoint the source of an open 911 call in the area of 175 W. Hollis St. late Thanksgiving night said they were searching on foot when they suddenly heard noise and hollering coming from a home down the street.

The officers, according to police prosecutor Donald Topham, tracked the commotion to an apartment at 171A W. Hollis St., where they found a resident, 44-year-old Michael Fronek, walking barefoot among what appeared to be pieces of broken household items.

Fronek was eventually arrested and charged with eight offenses, including six counts of criminal mischief, which accuse him of smashing or breaking numerous items during the alleged late-night rampage.

At Fronek’s arraignment, which took place Monday in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, Topham, the prosecutor, asked Judge Paul Moore to continue Fronek’s $7,500 cash bail, noting that Fronek was allegedly uncooperative with police and pushed one of the officers who answered the call.

Fronek had been held since his arrest early Friday morning on charges that include the six criminal mischief counts, along with one count each of simple assault and resisting arrest or detention. All are Class A misdemeanors.

Topham said Fronek allegedly smashed a platter, a TV screen, a desk and an end table, and broke a floor lamp and a computer keyboard, then pushed the officer and locked his arms as they tried to take him into custody.

A woman who attended the arraignment spoke briefly, saying she was in the apartment at the time of the alleged disturbance, but that Fronek didn’t assault or harm her.

In response, Moore advised her to speak with an attorney, adding, “I’m concerned with the charges” Fronek is accused of.

Fronek, in addressing bail, told Moore that “I have two children who rely on me for child support. ... If I don’t show up to work tomorrow, I’ll probably be fired.”

But Moore granted Topham’s request to continue Fronek’s original bail, which includes a provision that if he makes bail he is to have no contact with the woman who was there at the time. The nature of her relationship with Fronek wasn’t specified.

Moore set a pre-trial conference for Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Nashua court.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.